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Ladies bike or small men's bike?

trish81trish81 Posts: 2
edited April 2015 in Women
As the title suggests should I get a ladies bike or small men's? I'm 5'6" and I'm not exactly a lightweight lady to put it politely! I have improving fitness levels and I'm getting in to riding on trails. Rode a red route at Cannock Chase recently, great fun but my rockrider 5.1 was not coping well, which is to be expected! nice enough on towpaths but not really designed for heavy use! In fact I did fear for my life once or twice! I'd say my budget is about £400 and happy to buy second hand if I can get a good deal!


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Whatever fits really! Best bet is to visit a few shops and simply sit on them.
  • Levi_501Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    My wife rides a mans frame, there are more about, easier to sell on...
  • WoodmonkeyWoodmonkey Posts: 412
    My mrs has a "w" spec Carrera, the only difference I can see is narrower tyres and a different saddle. It's been said, but get what's comfortable.
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  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,134
    The theory is women have a longer leg length as a proportion of their overall height. Therefore a women specific bike should be shorter for the same height/size.
    Obv not all folks fall into the average sizing category.

    So +1 for get to a bike shop and sit on some bikes.
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  • blinddrewblinddrew Posts: 317
    My other half started on a small men's frame but it really didn't suit her at all, a women's specific frame was a much better fit but, as suggested above, get down to the bike shop and sit on a few
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    At 5'6 there should be a lot of small men's frames that could be suitable - you just need to try them for size.
    Make sure you get a ladies saddle and the correct stem length and it will be much more comfortable.
    At 5'4", I find small men's mountain bikes fit me well with a couple of adjustments but men's road bikes need more fettling.
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  • CitizenLeeCitizenLee Posts: 2,227
    My girlfriend went for a small mens bike (Scott Voltage YZ30) and has a ladies Specialized saddle. She gets on great with it. Do try and demo a few if you can though, as we took a gamble ordering online that thankfully paid off!
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,758
    My youngest daughter rides a Voltage YZ frame as well, my elder daughter is on a Dirty Jo Full Creme (the Scott is her old frame) both are 13 or 14", as long as the effective top tube length is right practically any frame can then have the right components fitted to suite.
  • scoiscoi Posts: 103
    I bought my Mrs a small mens Giant Revel. Swapped the seat to take the pressure off the sensitive area. Because the average lady has a shorter torso than the average man she was getting sore across the back of the shoulders so we swapped the bars for some risers. Good bike now
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